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Pre-Operative Bereavement Education

Doris Burkey, Department of Nursing Education

Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium

Pre-operative perinatal bereavement education for both women experiencing miscarriage as well as the healthcare providers caring for them is a real need. Dr. Burkey will discuss a quality improvement clinical project intervention that she instituted in a large teaching hospital. Lack of education was addressed in this project to improve the knowledge and attitudes of staff in the pre-operative unit, so education and support could be provided to women experiencing a miscarriage.


Dr. Doris Burkey is an assistant professor of nursing and the coordinator of the family nurse practitioner track of the doctor of nursing practice program. Prior to serving at Shepherd University she was an adjunct senior lecturer and clinical instructor for 10 years at West Virginia University School of Nursing. Dr. Burkey earned her associate degree in nursing at Shepherd University, her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at West Virginia University. She also has a clinical practice in Berkeley Springs were she sees patients of all ages. Though Dr. Burkey is a family nurse practitioner, most of her experience is in women’s health.